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Today's News

  • ‘Getting her life back’

    Editor’s note: The Courier has been following Ashley Bissel in her fight against a rare form of brain cancer. This is the final installment in the series.

     

    Ashley Bissel wears a simple charm bracelet, a chain of loose silver links adorned with a single a accoutrement, a small ribbon of the same metal.

    She grasps the tiny charm between her thumb and forefinger, absorbing its smooth texture and savoring the significance.

    Every May 15, she plans to add another.

  • Wadsworth to be closed at Bowles for pedestrian bridge placement

     A section of South Wadsworth Boulevard between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue will be temporarily closed during evening and early morning hours on May 16 through 18, as construction crews place a pedestrian bridge over the busy street.

    The road will be closed on Monday through Wednesday from about 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road is scheduled to be open as usual beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday.

    Detours will be in place, with southbound traffic directed to West Cross Street and West Long Drive and northbound traffic directed to West Bowles Avenue.

  • Closures planned on South Wadsworth for bridge installation

    A section of South Wadsworth Boulevard between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue will be temporarily closed during evening and early-morning hours from May 15 through 17, as construction crews place a pedestrian bridge over the busy street.

    The road will be closed on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Monday and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road will be open as normal beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

    Detours will be in place, with southbound traffic directed to West Cross Street and West Long Drive and northbound traffic directed to West Bowles Avenue.

  • Jeffco library director takes job in Seattle

    Jefferson County Public Library Executive Director Marcellus Turner announced his resignation May 12, accepting a position as the Seattle Public Library’s city librarian.

    Turner will be leaving the Jeffco position on July 15.

    “I truly do enjoy and love this library system,” said Turner, a soft-spoken man who openly notes that though he frequently listens to audio books, he seldom reads the hard copies. “I’m going to miss it.”

  • Wheat Ridge ends Columbine's boys lacrosse season

    LAKEWOOD -- Wheat Ridge didn’t just rain on Columbine’s parade it poured on it, literally.

    With a constant rain falling May 11 at Trailblazer Stadium, the third-seeded Farmers utilized a balanced offensive attack to thwart the Rebels, posting a 12-2 victory in the second round of the boys lacrosse state playoffs.

  • Chatfield girls lacrosse team scores playoff victory

    LAKEWOOD -- Katie Larson scored four goals and Shelby Piper added a hat trick as the Chatfield Lady Chargers scored a 14-6 first-round victory over Grandview on May 11 in the girls lacrosse state playoffs at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The win was the first playoff victory in school history for 14th-seeded Chatfield (12-4), which advances to face third-seeded Kent Denver (11-4) on May 13 at 5 p.m. in the second round.

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

    Median values are down nearly everywhere across the county as follows: South Jeffco, minus 1.2 percent; Lakewood, minus 1.2 percent; and Golden, minus 1.4 percent.

    The exception to declining value and lower tax bills will be homeowners who made significant improvements or additions. They are likely to see increases in actual value.

  • Dakota Ridge open girls soccer playoffs with victory

    LAKEWOOD -- Kelsey Loupee scored one goal and assisted on another as third-seeded Dakota Ridge opened the 5A state girls soccer playoffs with a 2-0 win over Fruita Monument on May 10 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Junior midfielder Kyla Jamison opened the scoring when she deflected in a Loupee corner kick in the 21st minute to give the Lady Eagles (13-1-2) a 1-0 halftime lead. Loupee added an insurance goal in the 54th minute when she booted a shot into the top right corner over the outstretched hands of Fruita Monument goalkeeper Kylie Goetz.

  • Thoughts on a post-party world

    If you think the political atmosphere has become more complicated lately, you’re right. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that fewer Americans are willing to call themselves Republicans or Democrats than ever before, leaving our once-binary system in a state of multilateral flux.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Life in the naked city